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This is my entry post for Contest 11:
My Most Favourite Franchise Cricket Team
So my favourite team is Karachi Kings and I am a die heart fan of this team since the beginning of PSL (Pakistan Super League) in 2015
The Karachi Kings is the biggest and most popular team in the PSL.
Karachi Kings is a Pakistani professional franchise Twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team is based in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, Pakistan. The team was formed in 2015, as a result of the formation of the Pakistan Super League by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team's home ground is National Stadium. which is located in Karachi The team is currently captained by Imad Wasim and was coached by Dean Jones, until his sudden death on 24 September 2020. Karachi Kings won their first PSL title in PSL V after beating the Lahore Qalandars on 17 November 2020.
On 3 December 2015, the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) unveiled the owners of five city-based franchises. The Karachi franchise was sold to the ARY Media Group for US$26 million for a ten-year period making it the most expensive franchise in the tournament, however, in 2017, newly established franchise Multan Sultans replaced Karachi Kings as the most expensive team in PSL history after the team was sold for US$41.6 million for an eight-year agreement.
The Kings started their campaign with an easy win against the Lahore Qalandars at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with Mohammad Amir getting a hat-trick.
The Kings only won one more match during the group stage of the tournament, finishing with two wins and six losses. They finished fourth in the league table, however, above Lahore Qalandars with a better head-to-head record, and qualified for the league play-off stage.
Ravi Bopara replaced Shoaib Malik as the team captain before the qualifier match against Islamabad after making their lowest score of the tournament 111, Karachi was defeated by nine wickets in the 15th over and was eliminated from the tournament
Kumar Sangakkara and Babar Azam joined Karachi for the second season of the PSL whilst Azhar Mehmood on board as a coach. Sohail Tanvir was traded for Chris Gayle of the Lahore Qalandars during the off-season trade window. During the 2017 PSL players draft, Karachi retained Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Saifullah Bangash, and Shahzaib Hasan. The team added nine players to the squad, including Kieron Pollard, Mahela Jayawardena, and Ryan McLaren.
For the second edition of HBL PSL, the team management has appointed Kumar Sangakara as the captain of the team. In his captaincy, the team played a total of 10 matches out of which KK wins 5 matches and lost 5 matches as well.
Under the captaincy of Kumar Sangakara, the team performed very well in the group stage and ends up in the top 2 positions on the points table. But they lost both of their games in the playoffs and couldn’t qualified for the final match. At the end of the tournament, they secured the third position out of 5.
On 7 April 2017 Shahid Afridi joined the team as president and player and left Peshawar Zalmi. Mitchell Johson was replaced by Tymal Mills as he pulled out from the tournament a month before the 2018 season. In their opening match of the 2018 season, Kings ended the two-season losing streak against Quetta Gladiators by beating them by 19 runs. In their next game, the Kings continued their winning form by beating the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi, in a closely fought game. Chasing a target of 132 runs, the team won with 2 balls and 5 wickets to spare. Their next game was against rivals, Lahore Qalandars Batting first, the Kings made 159 for 9 on the board thanks to Bopara's unbeaten innings of 50 runs. In reply, the Qalandars got off to a great start and were 68 for 1 inside 6 overs, but 3 quick wickets from a man of the match, Shahid Afridi, ensured a third consecutive win for his side as the Qalandars were short by 27 runs. The Kings got eliminated in the match second eliminator match played at Lahore on 21 March 2018 against Peshawar Zalmi.
As the league progressed to Sharjah, the Kings' game against Multan Sultans was washed out due to persistent rain. In the next game, against Islamabad United, the team's unbeaten run in the season was ended. Batting first, the Kings posted the highest target in Sharjah that year - 154 runs - before failing to defend it and losing the match by 8 wickets.
Before the 2019 season, Wasim Akram joined the franchise as president
In PSL V, Karachi Kings reached the finals for the first time in PSL history after defeating the Multan Sultans in the qualifier match that went into a Super Over. They also went on to win the PSL V under the leadership of Imad Wasim. Karachi Kings defeated the Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the final to win their maiden PSL title.
Impact of COVID-19:
The playoff stage of the tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 2 July 2020, PCB announced that they are looking forward to completing the season in November 2020. On 2 September 2020, the PCB confirmed the fixtures for the remaining matches. The matches are scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, in the month of November on 14 and 15, with the final scheduled to be played on 17.
Karachi King’s Performance in PSL:
Karachi Kings Management and Staff:
Karachi Kings Squad for PSL 6 2021:
Owner of Karachi Kings:
Salman Iqbal, the owner of ARY News owns the Karachi Kings.
Captain of Karachi Kings:
The current captain of Karachi Kings is Imad Wasim, who also plays for the national team of Pakistan. He is one of the best all-rounders on the team Pakistan.
Herschelle Gibbs from South Africa appointed as the Head Coach of Karachi Kings for PSL 6 2021.
The current bowling coach and mentor of Karachi Kings is the left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram.
Faisal Iqbal is the batting coach of the Karachi Kings. He also played matches for Pakistan’s national team.
The National Stadium Karachi is the home ground of the Karachi Kings team. They have won the final match in Pakistan Super League 2020 at their home ground. The capacity of National Stadium Karachi is 34,200.
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